Tappiyah Falls in Banaue

Tappiyah Falls BatadThis is a beautiful cascading waterfall with enormous natural swimming pool. It is 500 meters away from Batad Rice Terraces and around 30 minutes hike from Batad Village. A visit to Batad would be incomplete without taking a dip in this beautiful waterfall. One of the picturesque destinations in Banaue, Ifugao is the majestic Tappiyah Falls. After a taking a trek of about an hour, this 30 meter high waterfall provides a refreshing dip.

Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue

Batad Rice Terraces BanaueThis stunning amphitheater of rice terraces is located in Barangay Batad, Banaue. It can be reached by an hour ride from Poblacion, Banaue and one hour hike through mountain trails.

In the fastness of the Cordillera mountains, 250-km north of Manila, Ifugao tribespeople have carved a livelihood from bare rock. Over the centuries, generations of Ifugao have laid stone after stone constructing dikes to hold back what little soil washed off the mountainsides creating vertical gardens that rise as “stairways to the heavens.”

Rice terraces are common throughout Asia but nowhere are they as spectacular as in the rugged mountains of northern Luzon. Continue reading